Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit 2

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Editor rating: 9.1 / 10
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Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit 2 Review Facts

The Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit 2 running shoe features the latest iteration of the Nike Air technology, with a really minimalistic approach to the midsole – everything that’s not Nike Air is unnecessary. This approach resulted in an interesting-looking shoe thats design will surely gain a lot of fans and a shoe that needs time in order to become truly comfortable – the Nike Air units need to be broken in, which is something that a lot of runners don’t feel like doing after paying the price in the store. However, once you get acquainted with the Flyknit 2, you’ll find out that there’s more than meets the eye: this is a high-quality, comfortable, cushioned and responsive shoe that will take you wherever you need to go – provided you don’t want to go out of town.

Editor's Pros & Cons
  • Full-length Nike Air cushioning unit midsole
  • Lightweight
  • Responsive
  • High-quality materials
  • Futuristic modern design
  • Great breathability
  • Comfortable once broken in
  • Expensive, unless you’re really into the design
  • Have to be broken in to become comfortable
  • Not for runners with wide feet


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  • These are so light and comfy, I call them my Vapor Socks. I like taking them to the gym but I wouldn’t use them to run due to the air pockets.I would say they are a pretty great shoe.
  • They were a little stiff and the bottom was hard at first. However, after a good sesh, they are great. They don't run small like other Nikes, I was able to get my normal size. They look really nice.
  • These shoes were worth breaking my review virginity. I love them. These really flow awesome when I am training and running and are dead comfortable. I want to buy many. These are not made very durable for the price though. After a few workouts, they are ripping. The mesh is weak.
  • The FlyKnit material is so airy and really dope looking. I love the feel of it. These are some seriously nice looking shoes. I like that they are so light and sock like. They are a great causal shoe and go great with any outfit. I love the sole and the support they offer, so cushioned and comfortable.
  • These have been surprisingly really nice for my flat feet and are one of the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned. I use these for many activities: running, gym, boxing, and daily stuff. They are great quality shoes and seem durable so far.
  • I have to say, these are the best Nikes to dte. I had the ‘97 Air Max and those cannot be beat but these, these are near perfection! I love them. No issues at all like all the reviews, if they are defected get a new pair. Mine seem strong and are very comfortable.
  • I have gotten three pairs of these babies and I am in shoe heaven. I'm a 10000 step plus a day person and these keep my legs and knees from aching at night. This shoe was built to last.
  • VaporMax to the rescue! They have such great arch support and the air bubbles seem to be really stable and sturdy. I love that they breathe so well and they are nice and flexible when you break them in.
  • These are so stylish and very comfortable. I only use them to run on the treadmill about 8 miles a week and they formed a little tear on the toes. They are really expensive for this so durability is the bad point with these but they are comfortable.
  • They fit perfect to the foot and they re super comfortable. These are perfect for the gym and are doing well with y big boy frame, Im really tall and wide. I have neuropathy and these allow me to bounce around. Great shoe.
  • I am shocked to read the bad reviews. I am nothing but satisfied with these. They are some seriously comfortable shoes. They are great travel shoes and I am able to take nice jogs in them with no issues.
  • I didn't like them at first but now that they are broken in, I am a huge fan. So comfortable and really support my 230lb frame. They are very functional and worth all the money.
  • I would suggest getting sized before you buy these. They are phenomenal and I would highly recommend them. Fit great and have unique comfort.
  • I have aching knees and these are magic. I literally put these on and the pain goes away. I love them, I just wish they would come out with more colors.
  • I have been waiting for so long for these and they are not disappointing They fit like they are supposed to and the colors are beautiful. VaporMax for the win. I get so many compliments on them.
  • These shoes are the best thinking Nike has done since the 80’s. They are so light and very comfortable and fit like they are supposed to. I mean, I have been running for 45 years and these things are freaking magical.
  • Comfort to the max! I bought 2 pairs and am not disappointed. They run true to size, not small like most Nikes. I’d say they are the most comfortable Nikes I own and I am a freak with my shoes.
  • I am a shoe hoarder and these are on the top of my list. They are so light and they shoe itself is beautiful. They are made with love and durability in thought and very much worth the money.
  • Really bright and fun looking shoe. Fits great and has all sorts of comfort to it. They really outdid themselves with these babies.
  • I was so excited when I pulled them out of the box but that changed rapidly while I was putting them on and the tongue ripped apart from the shoe. Oops!
  • Well for starters, it ripped on the tongue pulling it up. I still use it because the shoe was comfortable and the tongue rip wasn't a huge problem. But, after a week, The air pocket burst and I now have a flattened heel. I tried but they are not very durable.
  • I wanted to like these but the right shoe feels like a boulder digging into my foot. I can feel one of the air pockets in the sole of the shoe pushing through. I am very disappointed and they are so expensive.
  • I love the idea of the design but the shoe is so uncomfortable. I am not sure they were done with these.
  • I hate that I spent so much on these. They were comfortable but after a couple months they started to fall apart. The rear pockets collapsed. I mean seriously, with how much profit these people make off these you would think they’d invest in structure. They suck.
  • Works Air Max made so far, so uncomfortable. They looked great ad were perfect with my other shoes but they didn’t feel good on. They had rocks in the sole it felt like.
  • These shoes are obviously lacking quality control. First go at them and the tongue ripped. Wish I would have read the reviews. They look great and I would love to wear them. Nope!
  • I have to say, I own all the Air Max, these looked great. However, after 3 or 4 runs, the air pockets popped. That is not a good sign for such an expensive shoe.
  • These are very uncomfortable shoes. They cut into my feet and my feet are narrow. The Vapor Max Plus beats these outta the water.
  • So sad about these shoes. I waited for these things and when I put them on, OUCH! They were so uncomfortable. I had to wear recovery sandals for 2 days after wearing these for a whole day.
  • Like they are saying, it feels like there is a rock in the midsole area of this shoe and it makes my feet hurt so bad.
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Of the 500 reviews we found in total, 20% were negative, and 80% were positive.


The outsole of the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit 2 features rubber pods that are additionally reinforced on the hardwearing rearfoot and forefoot areas in order to increase durability and protect the peculiar-looking midsole from tearing. The rubber pods ensure good grip and traction, as well as prolong the moment when the wear and tear of this shoe becomes noticeable. These oval-shaped pods of various sizes are spaced apart, which allows the thick sole to flex and follow the natural gait cycle of the foot. On the pod surface, you’ll find small, sharp-looking lugs that prevent slipping and provide the runner with even more traction.


The brand has decided to take the cushioning of the Air VaporMax Flyknit 2’s midsole to another level. Instead of opting for a foam midsole and a Nike Air cushioning unit beneath the heel, this midsole ditched the foam altogether and put the Nike Air cushioning technology under the full length of the foot. This technology is comprised of individual compressed air units that are there to provide bounce, responsiveness and cushioning with a unique, walking-on-air sensation. This move sounds like a great idea on paper, but some users have expressed their discontent with the brand’s decision to eliminate the foam altogether. An interesting piece of information is the brand’s claim that six recycled plastic bottles are used in every pair of Flyknit 2’s, which will be refreshing to hear for every environmentally conscious runner out there.


As with a lot of new running shoes, the upper of the Air VaporMax Flyknit 2 is made of a one-piece no-sew Flyknit material that provides the runner with the ultimate breathability, and the absence of stitching and overlays means increased durability of the upper. The traditional 6-hole lacing system is connected to the brand’s signature Flywire cable technology that wraps around the foot providing discreet stability and support while offering a snug, customizable fit. The rearfoot heel reinforcement also adds to the support and stability of this running shoe, and the thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) toe cap gives the upper some structure to the forefoot area. On the back, you’ll find a pull-tab which allows for easy on and off of the shoe. The stretchy fabric collar of this model is designed to provide an equally snug fit to the ankle as the rest of the upper provides for the foot.


Given the chunky sole structure of the Air VaporMax Flyknit 2, a lot of people would assume that it’s a relatively heavy shoe, but at 9oz for a men’s size 9, this is actually quite a lightweight option. It’s not the lightest in the game, but nevertheless, you won’t feel it pulling you down at any moment during your run. This absence of expected weight may be contributed to the thin upper fabric as well as the fact that the Nike Air midsole is largely comprised of, well – air.


The breathability of the upper really is this running shoe’s forte, and the patented Flyknit material offers great airflow throughout the whole upper area, which prevents overheating, sweating, blisters, and an uncomfortable feeling while on a run.


With the midsole that looks like it’s guaranteed to offer extreme comfort, most users have complained that the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit 2 isn’t comfortable at all. However, there’s more to this than meets the eye, so let’s unpack the comfort aspect of this running shoe. First of all, you should know that the VaporMax Flyknit 2 runs narrow, despite the fact that it’s supposed to hug the foot and provide a firm grip on it, so our recommendation is to go half a size up when ordering online.

Secondly: the midsole. A lot of customers felt really disappointed with the comfort of this shoe and even went as far to say it isn’t comfortable at all. However, the truth is that similarly to the Foamposite Pro, the Air VaporMax Flyknit 2 needs time to be broken in before it stops feeling hard on your feet. Yes, at first you will feel a little uncomfortable running in this shoe, due to the fact that the midsole Air units need time to soften up a bit and really adapt to your weight, gait and so on. Once that process is done though, this is a really comfortable shoe to wear. It’s just not something that will sweep you off of your feet the first time you try it on. One piece of advice to amp up the comfort of this she would be to wear very thin socks with it.


This is undoubtedly a very modern-looking shoe that’s sleek, fashion-forward, eye-catching, stylish and futuristic. The innovative and translucent midsole design makes it look very comfortable and it gives it almost a high street luxurious look. There are a plethora of colorways available for this shoe, ranging from basic colors to the vibrant teals and reds. The Air VaporMax Flyknit 2 is definitely a running shoe and a fashion statement in one, and it isn’t for the faint of heart or people who lack confidence. If we had to describe this running shoe in one word, it would most certainly be: cool. Some would say that it’s too cool and trying too hard, and they wouldn’t be wrong. It all boils down to personal style, as it should.


Generally speaking, the Air VaporMax Flyknit 2 is a durable shoe made of high-quality materials and with proper care, it will last you for several seasons. There are some aspects of the upper that can be considered to be a soft spot for the shoe and therefore need special attention in order to keep the upper intact. The problem with the Flyknit upper is that it frays easily if it gets caught in a branch or comes in contact with sharper stones, etc. Basically, this means that you should only take this shoe to city runs and make sure it doesn’t come into contact with anything sharp. Also, the air units are separated and create a gap in the midsole in the midfoot area, which could create a weak spot after a while. However, these things are most likely not going to happen if you stick to running in the concrete jungle.


The midsole air units are meant to protect the foot from impact and dampen the ground beneath the foot, which they do – after the midsole is broken in. Similarly to the comfort ‘issue’, a lot of customers haven’t given the Air VaporMax Flyknit 2 a chance at proving that it is, indeed, a shoe capable of providing protection and comfortable cushioning in one. The toe cap protective TPU compound will shield your toes from some unexpected, milder impacts you might come across while running on pavement, which is a welcome addition to the thin upper fabric.


Nike’s brave midsole idea gave satisfactory results in the responsiveness category. The large hollow rubber pods and the full-length Nike Air units give a lot of kick-back and bounciness to the strike when wearing the Air VaporMax Flyknit 2. The only downside to the midsole design is that the responsiveness is lowered if the shoe is flexed in half mid-stride, in which case the energy-return isn’t as great as it is with the runners that tend not to bend their foot as much while running.


The Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit 2 is a running shoe made for runners that don’t require additional arch support, which amounts to around 50% of all runners. The shoe is suited for people with high, medium high or normal arches, and a lot of runners are satisfied with the support the midsole of this futuristic-looking shoe provides. As for the upper support, the Flywire technology will make sure your foot stays in place during the whole run and the Flyknit fabric will provide a snug, stable fit run after run.


This shoe is made to conquer roads, track, pavements and some light gravel, but nothing more serious than that. Not only would technical terrain be a challenge to the midsole, but it would also endanger the longevity of the upper. As far as the type of run goes, most runners agree that the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit 2 performs best on short and medium-length runs.


This running shoe is no cheap venture with a steep three-digit number you’re going to have to shell out for them, even if you find a pair on sale. Before you purchase this shoe, our advice is to go to the store and try it on. Because it’s not instantly comfortable, it’s best to know what to expect than being unpleasantly surprised at what you’re delivered after an online purchase. If you like to collect Air sneakers or you like the overall modern vibe the Flyknit 2 gives off, then getting this pair will be a no-brainer. If you’re just looking for a comfy, fool-proof pair of running shoes, you might be better off investing in another model.


The sharp-looking lugs on the rubber outsole of this running shoe ensure that the pods don’t slip on a flat surface and provide good traction and a grippy ride. You’ll get the best traction out of this shoe if you take it on the track or concrete, where you’ll experience a cushioned ground feel with an outsole that adheres to the surface perfectly.


The rubber pods containing the Nike Air units are positioned in a way that creates space between each and every pod, in order to allow the sole to adapt to the natural movement of the foot and flex with it. This is especially noticeable at the exact middle of the outsole, which features an intentional gap, positioned there to provide maximum flexibility without compromising the midsole structure. That being said, don’t expect the Flyknit 2 to be the flex winner; in general, EVA foam midsole shoes have much more flexibility that this type of shoe, by definition.


While the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit 2 is far from a stability shoe, it does feature some stabilizing properties, mainly in the upper with the signature Flywire cable technology and the heel reinforcements on the back of the shoe.


The heel to toe drop of this running shoe measures a standard 10mm, which slightly favors moderate heel-strikers. Forefoot strikers won’t enjoy this drop for sure, but midfoot strikers might turn a blind eye on the high heel and learn to make the best out of the ride in the VaporMax Flyknit 2.
Key Features

Key Features

● Rubber pod outsole with reinforced areas
● Full-length Nike Air cushioning unit midsole
● One-piece no-sew Flyknit upper
● Relatively lightweight
● Great breathability
● Comfortable once broken in
● Steep price point
● High-quality durable materials
● Road, track and treadmill shoe
● Limited flexibility
● Enticing, colorful design
● Good responsiveness
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

All in all, the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit 2 is a good shoe with a brave, innovative, and ultimately successful midsole design. Those who have wider feet won’t enjoy the upper construction and likely won’t find a size that fits, but other than that, this shoe needs just a little extra time to become very comfy. It’s made out of durable materials that require proper maintenance and use, and it’s surprisingly lightweight and a very breathable shoe. With it, you can expect a solid performance over several seasons and a welcome stylish addition to your sporty closet. The one thing you have to give up in order to enjoy this well-designed running shoe? A lot of cash.